Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected.
World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Where: Dialogue Platform, Rue Montoyer 31, Brussels 1000
Date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014
With: Dr. Ismail Albayrak, professor of Islamic Studies
Although a number of conferences have been organised emphasising the social, civic and educational activities of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet Movement, as well as Gulen’s contribution to inter-religious dialogue, very little attention has been paid to his formal and informal education, his scholarly works and his interpretation of basic Islamic sources and disciplines in the modern period. Ismail Albayrak will focus on his scholarship and explore some of the themes and questions below:
- What are Gulen’s credential as an Islamic scholar? What are his areas of particular expertise?
- Why has he had such a disproportionate impact in Turkey but less among the Arabs and the non-Turkish Muslims
- Can Gulen’s views and ideas influence the mindset of the Muslim intelligentsia and grassroots of society? If so, how? What are the stumbling blocks?
- What contribution, if any, has Gulen’s discourse had on Islamic theology and thought?
- How Islamic is the Hizmet movement?
Biography of Dr. Ismail Albayrak
Dr. Albayrak received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000. He works on Islamic studies and specifically on Qur’anic Studies, Classical exegesis, Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an and Orientalism. He is also interested in the place of Muslim communities and their activities in Globalizing World together with the study of interfaith dialogue. He has been working at National Australian Catholic University since 2007 as a professor in the study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations.